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HIKVISION DS-8100-S User‟s Manual

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DS-8100-S Series DVR

USER’S MANUAL

HIKVISION DS-8100-S User‟s Manual

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Hikvision® Network Digital Video Recorder User‟s Manual

This manual, as well as the software described in it, is furnished under license and may be used or copied only in

accordance with the terms of such license. The content of this manual is furnished for informational use only, is subject

to change without notice, and should not be construed as a commitment by Hikvision Digital Technology Co., Ltd.

(Hikvision). Hikvision assumes no responsibility or liability for any errors or inaccuracies that may appear in the book.

Except as permitted by such license, no part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or

transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, recording, or otherwise, without the prior written

permission of Hikvision.

HIKVISION MAKES NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION THE

IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE,

REGARDING THE HIKVISION SOFTWARE. HIKVISION DOES NOT WARRANT, GUARANTEE, OR MAKE

ANY REPRESENTATIONS REGARDING THE USE OR THE RESULTS OF THE USE OF THE HIKVISION

SOFTWARE IN TERMS OF ITS CORRECTNESS, ACCURACY, RELIABILITY, CURRENTNESS, OR

OTHERWISE. THE ENTIRE RISK AS TO THE RESULTS AND PERFORMANCE OF THE HIKVISION

SOFTWARE IS ASSUMED BY YOU. THE EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES IS NOT PERMITTED BY

SOME STATES. THE ABOVE EXCLUSION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

IN NO EVENT WILL HIKVISION, ITS DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, OR AGENTS BE LIABLE TO

YOU FOR ANY CONSEQUENTIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR INDIRECT DAMAGES (INCLUDING DAMAGES FOR

LOSS OF BUSINESS PROFITS, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION, LOSS OF BUSINESS INFORMATION, AND THE

LIKE) ARISING OUT OF THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE THE HIKVISION SOFTWARE EVEN IF

HIKVISION HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. BECAUSE SOME STATES DO

NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL

DAMAGES, THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

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Preventive and Cautionary Tips

Before connecting and operating your DVR, please be advised of the following tips:

• Ensure unit is installed in a well-ventilated, dust-free environment.

• Unit is designed for indoor use only.

• Keep all liquids away from the DVR.

• Ensure environmental conditions meet factory specifications.

• Ensure unit is properly secured to a rack or shelf. Major shocks or jolts to the unit as a result of dropping it may cause

damage to the sensitive electronics within the unit.

• Use the DVR in conjunction with an UPS if possible.

• Power down the unit before connecting and disconnecting accessories and peripherals.

• A manufacturer recommended HDD should be used for this device.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

C H A P T E R 1 ..................................................................................................................................... 7 Introduction ........................................................................................................................................... 7

Overview ......................................................................................................................................... 8 Product Key Features .............................................................................................................. 8 Product Application Diagram ................................................................................................ 10 Operating Your DVR ............................................................................................................. 10 Rear Panel Diagram .............................................................................................................. 16

C H A P T E R 2 ................................................................................................................................... 17 Getting Started .................................................................................................................................... 17

Starting and Shutting Down Your DVR ........................................................................................ 18 Rebooting and Locking Your DVR .............................................................................................. 18 Using the Setup Wizard ................................................................................................................ 19 Setting Date & Time ..................................................................................................................... 22

C H A P T E R 3 ................................................................................................................................... 24 Live Preview ........................................................................................................................................ 24

Watching a Live Preview .............................................................................................................. 25 Understanding Live Preview Icons ....................................................................................... 25

Operating the Live Preview .......................................................................................................... 25 Using the Mouse in Live Preview ......................................................................................... 25 Using Digital Zoom .............................................................................................................. 26

Configuring Live Preview Displays .............................................................................................. 27 Setting Camera Order ............................................................................................................ 28

C H A P T E R 4 ................................................................................................................................... 29 Record Settings .................................................................................................................................... 29

Configuring Settings for Recording .............................................................................................. 30 Initializing Record Settings ................................................................................................... 30 Scheduling a Recording ........................................................................................................ 31 Starting a Manual Recording ................................................................................................ 32

Protecting Recorded Files ............................................................................................................. 33 Locking and Unlocking Recorded Files ................................................................................ 33 Setting HDD to Read-Only ................................................................................................... 34

Configuring Advanced HDD Settings .......................................................................................... 35 Setting up HDD Redundancy ................................................................................................ 35

C H A P T E R 5 ................................................................................................................................... 38 Playback ............................................................................................................................................... 38

Playing Back a Recording ............................................................................................................. 39 Understanding the Playback Interface ................................................................................... 39 Playing Back from Search ..................................................................................................... 40 Playing Back from Live Preview .......................................................................................... 41 Playing Back from System Log ............................................................................................ 41 Playing Back Frame-by-Frame ............................................................................................. 42

Using Digital Zoom ...................................................................................................................... 42 C H A P T E R 6 ................................................................................................................................... 44 Backup ................................................................................................................................................. 44

Backing up Recorded Files ........................................................................................................... 45 Exporting Files ...................................................................................................................... 45 Exporting Video Clips........................................................................................................... 47

Managing Backup Devices ........................................................................................................... 48 C H A P T E R 7 ................................................................................................................................... 49 Alarm Settings ..................................................................................................................................... 49

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Configuring Alarms ...................................................................................................................... 50 Setting up Motion Detection ................................................................................................. 50 Setting up Sensor Alarms ...................................................................................................... 52 Triggering Alarm Outputs Manually..................................................................................... 54 Detecting Video Loss ............................................................................................................ 55 Detecting Video Tampering .................................................................................................. 56

Setting Exception .......................................................................................................................... 57 Understanding Exception Trigger Options ........................................................................... 58

C H A P T E R 8 ................................................................................................................................... 59 Network Settings ................................................................................................................................. 59

Configuring Network Settings ...................................................................................................... 60 Configuring Basic Settings ................................................................................................... 60 Configuring PPPoE Settings ................................................................................................. 61 Configuring DDNS ............................................................................................................... 62 Configuring an NTP Server .................................................................................................. 63 Configuring a Remote Alarm Host ....................................................................................... 64 Configuring Multicast ........................................................................................................... 64 Configuring Server and HTTP Ports ..................................................................................... 65

C H A P T E R 9 ................................................................................................................................... 67 PTZ Controls ....................................................................................................................................... 67

Navigating PTZ Menus ................................................................................................................. 68 Configuring PTZ Settings ............................................................................................................. 68 Setting PTZ Presets, Patrols & Patterns ........................................................................................ 69

Understanding PTZ Controls ................................................................................................ 69 Customizing Presets .............................................................................................................. 70 Customizing Patrols .............................................................................................................. 70 Customizing Patterns ............................................................................................................ 72

C H A P T E R 1 0 ................................................................................................................................ 74 Camera Management ......................................................................................................................... 74

Configuring OSD Settings ............................................................................................................ 75 Setting up Privacy Mask ............................................................................................................... 75 Adjusting Display Settings ............................................................................................................ 76

C H A P T E R 1 1 ................................................................................................................................ 78 HDD Management .............................................................................................................................. 78

Managing HDDs ........................................................................................................................... 79 Initializing HDDs .................................................................................................................. 79 Setting HDD Groups ............................................................................................................. 79 Setting HDD Status ............................................................................................................... 80 Checking HDD Status ........................................................................................................... 81 Configuring HDD Alarms ..................................................................................................... 83

C H A P T E R 1 2 ................................................................................................................................ 84 DVR Management .............................................................................................................................. 84

Configuring System Settings ........................................................................................................ 85 Configuring General Settings ................................................................................................ 85 Configuring Advanced Settings ............................................................................................ 85

Configuring RS-232 Port Settings ................................................................................................ 86 Managing User Accounts .............................................................................................................. 87

Adding a New User ............................................................................................................... 87 Deleting a User ...................................................................................................................... 90 Modifying a User .................................................................................................................. 90

Managing System .......................................................................................................................... 91 Importing & Exporting Configuration .................................................................................. 91

Updating System Firmware .......................................................................................................... 91

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Restoring Default Settings ............................................................................................................ 93 Viewing System Information ........................................................................................................ 93 Viewing System Logs ................................................................................................................... 93

C H A P T E R 1 3 ................................................................................................................................ 96 Appendix .............................................................................................................................................. 96

Glossary ........................................................................................................................................ 97 FAQ............................................................................................................................................... 98

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C H A P T E R 1

Introduction

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Overview

Thank you for your purchase of DS-8100-S series Digital Video Recorder (DVR). To get the most out of your DVR,

please read through the Installation’s Manual and this User’s Manual thoroughly.

The DS-8100-S series DVR, shown in Figure 1, is a new generation product developed by HIKVISION. Built on an

embedded platform and combining the latest in advanced H.264 video encoding and decoding technologies, the

DS-8100-S contains the perfect combination of rock-solid reliability and high performance.

Figure 1. DS-8100-S Series DVR

Product Key Features

• Compression:

• Support PAL/NTSC video input.

• Adopt H.264 video compression standard.

• Video encoding parameters of each channel can be set separately, including resolution, frame rate, bit rate, image

quality.

• Each channel supports normal continuous and event compression parameters.

• Supports both composite stream and video only stream. Audio and video are strictly simultaneous.

• Monitoring:

• High definition VGA display supports 1024*768 resolution.

• Supports 1/4/9/16 screen live view, channel sequence is adjustable.

• Support live view group switch, manual switch and automatic cycle, the interval of automatic cycle can be adjusted.

• Supports digital zoom on live view.

• Supports shielding the assigned live view channel.

• Supports motion detection, view tampering alert, video exception alert and video loss alert.

• Supports privacy mask.

• Supports various PTZ protocols, PTZ preset, patrol and pattern.

• Supports zoom in by clicking the mouse and trace function by dragging mouse.

• HDD Management:

• Supports up to 8 SATA HDD. Each HDD can support up to 2TB capacity.

• Supports S.M.A.R.T. technology.

• Supports HDD standby function.

• Supports hard disk group management.

• HDD file system is compatible with Windows. Use pre-allocating hard disk management technology, and no disk

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fragments.

• Recording and Playback:

• Supports cycle and non-cycle recording mode.

• Supports normal and event video encoding parameters.

• Supports multiple recording types, including manual, continuous, alarm, motion, motion | alarm and motion & alarm

recording, etc.

• Supports 8 recording time periods with separate recording types.

• Supports Pre-record and Post-record time for alarm and motion detection.

• Supports lock and unlock video files.

• Supports local redundant recording.

• Supports setting hard disk to read only.

• Supports video data search and playback by channel number, recording type, time, etc.

• Supports digital zoom function in playback.

• Supports pause, play fast, play slow, skip forward, and skip backward when playback, locating in progress bar by

dragging the mouse.

• DS-8100HCI-S supports up to 16-ch synchronous playback, DS-8100HDI-S supports up to 8-ch synchronous

playback and DS-8100HFI-S supports up to 4-ch synchronous playback.

• Backup:

• Supports USB device backup.

• Supports SATA CD/DVD-R/W backup.

• Supports backup by file or by time.

• Supports backup device maintenance and management.

• Supports video clips backup when playback.

• Alarm & Exception:

• Supports alarm in/out arming schedule setting.

• Supports various alarm input such as hard disk full, illegal access, network break, IP conflicted, hard disk error, video

exception, and video output standard mismatch.

• Supports various alarm response such as camera recording, relay out, on screen warning, audible warning and upload

to center, etc.

• Supports auto recovery from exceptions.

• Network:

• DS-8108HDI-S, 8116HDI-S and 8100HFI-S series support 10/100/1000M adaptive network interface, and others

support 10/100M adaptive network interface.

• Supports TCP/IP protocols, PPPoE, DHCP, DNS, DDNS, NTP, and SADP, etc.

• Supports unicast and multicast, support TCP, UDP, and RTP for unicast.

• Supports remote search, playback and download video files, support breakpoint resume.

• Supports remote configuration, support remote import and export of DVR settings.

• Supports remote acquisition of device status, system log and alarm status.

• Supports remote button operation, remote locking and unlocking of panel buttons.

• Supports remote format of hard disk, upgrade, reboot, shutdown and other system maintenance operations.

• Supports RS-232 and RS-485 transparent channel transmission.

• Supports event alarm and exceptions upload to remote management host.

• Supports remote manual recording.

• Supports remote PTZ control.

• Supports voice talk and broadcast.

• Built-in WEB Server.

• Other:

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• Supports front panel, mouse, IR control.

• Supports multi-level user management, each user can have individual DVR access rights.

• Powerful DVR log, including operation, alarm and exception log.

Product Application Diagram

Figure 2. Product Application Diagram

Operating Your DVR

There are numerous ways to navigate and operate your DVR. You may use the Front Panel Controls, the included IR

(Infra-Red) Remote, a Mouse and the Soft Keyboard.

Using the Front Panel Controls

Your DVR comes with built-in front panel controls, as shown in Figure 3.

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Figure 3. DVR Front Panel Controls

The controls on the front panel include:

1. Power Button: Powers DVR on/off.

2. IR Receiver: Receiver for IR remote.

3. USB Ports: Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports for additional devices such as USB mouse and USB

Hard Disk Drive (HDD).

4. Status Indicators: Status indicators for different features of the DVR.

• Alarm: Alarm indicator turns red when a sensor alarm is detected.

• Ready: Ready indicator turns blue when DVR is functioning properly.

• Status: Status indicator turns blue when DVR is controlled by an IR remote. Indicator turns red

when controlled by a keyboard and purple when IR remote and keyboard is used at the same time.

• HDD: HDD indicator blinks red when data is being read from or written to HDD.

• Modem: Reserved

• TX/RX: TX/RX indictor blinks blue when network connection is functioning properly.

• Guard: Guard indicator turns blue when the device is armed, off when the device is unarmed. The

arm/disarm state can be initiated by pressing and holding on the ESC button for more than 3

seconds in Preview mode.

5. Alphanumeric Buttons: Alphanumeric buttons used in various menus of the DVR. Some uses

include:

• Switching to the corresponding channel in Preview or PTZ Control mode.

• Inputting numbers and characters in Edit mode.

• Switching between different channels in Playback mode.

6. Control Buttons:

• ESC Button: The ESC button is used to escape to the previous menu and to arm/disarm the DVR in

Preview mode.

• REC/SHOT Button: The REC/SHOT button is used to enter the Manual Record interface. If used

when controlling a PTZ, pressing the REC/SHOT button and then a Numeric button will call a PTZ

preset.

• PLAY/AUTO Button: The PLAY/AUTO button is used to enter the Playback menu. It is also used

to turn audio on/off in the Playback menu and auto scan in the PTZ Control menu.

• ZOOM+ Button: The ZOOM+ button is used to zoom the PTZ camera in when in the PTZ Control

menu.

• A/FOCUS+ Button: The A/FOCUS+ button is used to adjust focus in the PTZ Control menu. It is

also used to switch between input methods (upper and lowercase alphabet, symbols and numeric

input). It can also be used to clear entire masked areas, such as in the Motion Detection and Privacy

Mask menus.

• EDIT/IRIS+ Button: The EDIT/IRIS+ button is used to edit text fields. When editing text fields, it

will also function as a Backspace button to delete the character in front of the cursor. On checkbox

fields, pressing the EDIT/IRIS+ button will tick the checkbox. In PTZ Control mode, the

EDIT/IRIS+ button opens up the iris of the camera. In Playback mode, it can be used to generate

video clips for backup.

• MENU/WIPER Button: Pressing the MENU/WIPER button will return the user to the Main menu

(after successful login). Pressing and holding the button for 5 seconds will turn off audible key

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beep. The MENU/WIPER button will also bring up Sensitivity Interface settings. In PTZ Control

mode, the MENU/WIPER button will start wiper (if applicable).

• F1/LIGHT Button: The F1/LIGHT button when used in a list field will select all items on the list.

In PTZ Control mode, it will turn on/off PTZ light.

• F2/AUX Button: The F2/AUX button is used to cycle through tab pages. It will also bring up the

Channel & OSD Position settings.

• MAIN/SPOT/ZOOM- Button: The MAIN/SPOT/ZOOM- button is used to switch to the control

of spot output. In PTZ Control mode, it can be used to zoom the camera out.

• PREV/FOCUS- Button: The PREV/FOCUS- button is used to switch between single screen and

multi-screen mode. In PTZ Control mode, it is used to adjust the focus in conjunction with the

A/FOCUS+ button. It can also be used to select entire masked areas, such as in Motion Detection

and Privacy Mask menus.

• PTZ/IRIS- Button: The PTZ/IRIS- button is used to enter the PTZ Control mode. When in the PTZ

Control mode, it is used to close the iris of the PTZ camera.

7. DIRECTION/ENTER Buttons:

• DIRECTION Buttons: The DIRECTION buttons are used to navigate between different fields and

items in menus. In Playback mode, the Up and Down button is used to speed up and slow down

recorded video. The Left and Right button will select the next and previous day of recordings. In

Preview mode, these buttons can be used to cycle through channels.

• ENTER Button: The ENTER button is used to confirm selection in any of the menu modes. It can

also be used to tick checkbox fields. In Playback mode, it can be used to play or pause the video. In

Single Play mode, pressing the ENTER button will advance the video by a single frame.

8. JOG SHUTTLE Control: The JOG SHUTTLE control can be used to move the active selection in a

menu. The inner ring will move the selection up and down; the inner ring will move it left and right.

In the Playback mode, the inner ring is used to jump 30 seconds forward/backward in a video. The

inner ring can be used to speed up/slow down the video. In Preview mode, it can be used to cycle

through different channels.

Note: If GUARD indicator is blue (default), all alarm event and exception settings are valid. Otherwise, alarm event

and exception settings will be invalid, but normal recording will still be available.

Note: It is important to note that you must click the EDIT button on either the remote or front panel on a text field

before you‟re able to edit its content. After you‟re done entering text, you must hit the ENTER button to be able to

move on to the next field.

Using the IR Remote Control

Your DVR may also be controlled with the included IR remote control, shown in Figure 4.

Batteries (2x AAA) must be installed before operating.

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Figure 4. IR Remote Control

The keys on the remote control closely resemble the ones found on the front panel. Referring to Figure 5, they include:

1. POWER Button: Same as POWER button on front panel

2. DEV Button: Enables/Disables Remote Control.

3. Alphanumeric Buttons: Same as Alphanumeric buttons on front panel.

4. EDIT Button: Same as EDIT/IRIS+ button on front panel.

5. A Button: Same as A/FOCUS+ button on front panel.

6. REC Button: Same as REC/SHOT button on front panel.

7. PLAY Button: Same as PLAY/AUTO button on front panel.

8. INFO Button: Same as ZOOM+ button on front panel.

9. VOIP Button: Same as MAIN/SPOT/ZOOM- button on front panel.

10. MENU Button: Same as MENU/WIPER button on front panel.

11. PREV Button: Same as PREV/FOCUS- button on front panel.

12. DIRECTION/ENTER Buttons: Same as DIRECTION/ENTER buttons on front panel.

13. PTZ Button: Same as PTZ/IRIS- button on front panel.

14. ESC Button: Same as ESC button on front panel.

15. RESERVED: Reserved.

16. F1 Button: Same as F1/LIGHT button on front panel.

17. PTZ CONTROL Buttons: Buttons to adjust the iris, focus and zoom of a PTZ camera.

18. F2 Button: It is also used to cycle through tab pages.

Aim the remote control at the IR receiver located at the front of the unit to test operation. If there is no response:

1. Using the front control panel or the mouse, go into Menu > Settings > General > More Settings.

2. Check and remember DVR ID#. The default ID# is 255. This ID# is valid for all IR controls.

3. Press the DEV button on the remote.

4. Enter the DVR ID# from step 2.

5. Press the ENTER button on the remote.

If the Status indicator on the front panel turns blue, the remote control is operating properly. If the Status indicator does

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not turn blue and there is still no response from the remote, please check the following:

1. Batteries are installed correctly and the polarities of the batteries are not reversed.

2. Batteries are fresh and not out of charge.

3. IR receiver is not obstructed.

Using a USB Mouse

A regular 3-button (Left/Right/Scroll-wheel) USB mouse can also be used with this DVR. To use a USB mouse:

1. Plug USB mouse into one of the USB ports on the front panel of the DVR.

2. The mouse should automatically be detected. If in a rare case that the mouse is not detected, please

refer to the recommended device list from your provider.

The buttons on the mouse corresponds to:

1. Left Button:

• Single-Click: Select a component of a menu, such as a button or an input field. This is similar to

pressing the ENTER button on the remote/front panel controls.

• Double-Click: Switch between single screen and multi-screen mode in Preview mode.

• Click and Drag: Clicking and dragging the Left mouse button can be used to control the pan/tilt of

a PTZ camera as well as to vary the position of digital zoom area and camera OSD. It can also be

used to setup the alarm areas.

2. Right Button:

• Single-Click: Shows pop-up menu.

3. Scroll-Wheel:

• Scroll Up: In Preview mode, scrolling up will switch to the previous screen. In Menu mode, it will

move the selection to the previous item.

• Scroll Down: In Preview mode, scrolling down will switch to the next screen. In Menu mode, it

will move the selection to the next item.

Using the Soft Keyboard

When a mouse is used to perform task on the DVR, clicking on a text input field will bring up the Soft Keyboard,

shown in Figure 5.

Figure 5. Soft Keyboard

The buttons on the soft keyboard represents:

Lowercase: Designates lowercase input is being used.

Uppercase: Designates uppercase input is being used.

Switch to Lowercase: Switch to lowercase input.

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Switch to Uppercase: Switch to uppercase input.

Number: Designates number input is being used.

Symbols: Switch to symbols input.

Backspace: Delete the character in front of the cursor.

Enter: Confirm selection.

ESC: Exit out of Soft Keyboard.

Figure 6. Soft Keyboard Buttons

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Rear Panel Diagram

Figure 7. Rear Panel Diagram

No. Item Description

1 VIDEO IN BNC connectors for analog video input.

AUDIO IN BNC connectors for analog audio input.

2 VIDEO SPOT

OUT BNC connector for monitor. Single window view.

3 VIDEO OUT

BNC connector for video output. If VGA is connected, the interface will not function. If

VGA is not connected, the interface is used as the main video output with local video

display and menu operations.

AUDIO OUT BNC connector for audio output. This connector is synchronized with VIDEO OUT.

4 LINE IN BNC connector for audio input.

5 VGA VGA output. Display local video output and menu.

6 RS232 DB9 connector for RS232.

7 LAN Interface Connector for LAN (Local Area Network)

8 USB Interface Connector for USB devices.

9 Termination

Switch RS-485 termination switch. Up position is not terminated. Down is 120Ω termination.

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RS-485

Interface Connectors for RS-485 devices. T+, T- pin connects to PTZ.

Controller port D+, D- pin connects to Ta, Tb pin of controller. For cascading devices, the first DVR‟s D+,

D- pin should be connected with the D+, D- pin of the next DVR.

ALARM IN Connector for alarm input.

ALARM OUT Connector for alarm output.

11 GROUND Ground(needs to be connected when DVR startup)

12 POWER AC 100~240V

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C H A P T E R 2

Getting Started

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Starting and Shutting Down Your DVR

Proper startup and shutdown procedures are crucial to expanding the life of your DVR.

To startup your DVR:

1. Ensure the power supply is plugged into an electrical outlet. It is HIGHLY recommended that an

Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) be used in conjunction with the unit.

2. Turn on the switch on rear panel

3. After startup, the Status indicator LED will remain green.

There are two proper ways to shut down DVR:

• OPTION 1: Shutdown in Menu

1. Enter the Shutdown menu, shown in Figure 1 by clicking on Menu > Shutdown.

Figure 1. Shutdown Menu

2. Select the Shutdown button.

3. Turn off switch on rear panel.

• OPTION 2: Manual Shutdown

1. Press and hold the POWER button for 3 seconds.

2. Enter the administrator‟s username and password in the dialog box for authentication.

3. Click the Yes button.

4. Message “Are you sure to turn off DVR?” will popup.

5. Click “Yes” then message “Shutting down” will pop up.

6. Turn off switch on rear panel.

Rebooting and Locking Your DVR

While in the Shutdown menu (Figure 1), you may also reboot or lock your DVR. Locking your DVR will return you to

the Live Preview mode, which will require a user name and password to exit out of it. The Reboot button will reboot

your DVR.

To reboot or lock your DVR:

1. Enter the Shutdown menu by clicking Menu > Shutdown.

2. Select the Lock button to lock the DVR or the Reboot button to reboot the DVR.

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Using the Setup Wizard

By default, the Setup Wizard will start once the DVR has loaded, as shown in Figure 2. The Setup Wizard will walk

you through some of the more important settings of your DVR. If you do not wish to use the Setup Wizard at this time,

click the Cancel button. You may also choose to use the Setup Wizard at a later time by leaving the “Start Wizard

when DVR starts?” checkbox checked.

Figure 2. Setup Wizard

To start using the Setup Wizard:

1. Click the Next button on the Wizard window. This will take you to the User Permission window,

shown in Figure 3.

Figure 3. User Permission

2. Navigate to the Admin Password input field.

3. Enter the admin password into the Admin Password input field. By default, the password is 12345.

4. To change the admin password, check the New Admin Password checkbox. Enter the new

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password and confirm the password in the given fields.

5. Click the Next button. This will take you to the HDD Management window, shown in Figure 4.

Figure 4. HDD Management

6. To start HDD management, click the Enter button.

7. If a new HDD was recently installed, select the HDD from the list to initialize it. Initializing the HDD

will format and remove all data from it.

8. After the HDD has been initialized, click the OK button which will take you back to the Setup Wizard

window.

9. Click the Next button. This will take you to the Record Settings window, as shown in Figure 5.

Figure 5. Record Settings

10. To enter the Record Settings window, click the Enter button.

11. Select the Schedule tab, shown in Figure 6.

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Figure 6. Schedule Settings

12. Click the Edit button. This will open up a new recording schedule, shown in Figure 7.

13. Check both the Enable Schedule and All Day checkbox. This will enable the recording schedule and

have it record continuously all day.

Figure 7. Edit Schedule Settings

14. Click the OK button. This will take you back to the Schedule tab. To copy the schedule to a different

channel, select the channel or all under Copy To and click the Copy button.

15. Click the Next button. This will take you to the Network Settings window, shown in Figure 8.

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Figure 8. Network Settings

16. To configure network settings, click the Enter button.

17. Enter the IP Address, Subnet Mask and Default Gateway.

18. Click the OK button to return to the Setup Wizard.

19. If all the settings are entered as desired, click the Done button to finish and exit the Setup Wizard.

Congratulations! You‟ve completed the Setup Wizard. The next step in the initial setup process is to setup the system

date and time.

Setting Date & Time

It is extremely important to setup the system date and time to accurately timestamp recordings and events.

To setup date and time:

1. Open the Menu window by clicking the MENU button on the remote or front panel. You can also go

to the Menu window by right clicking with the mouse and clicking the Menu button.

2. Click the Setting icon.

3. Click the General icon. You will be taken to the General Settings window, as shown in Figure 9.

Figure 9. General Settings

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4. Enter the correct date and time under System Time.

5. Click the Apply button to save the settings.

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C H A P T E R 3

Live Preview

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Watching a Live Preview

The Live Preview mode is automatically started after the DVR boots up. It is also at the very top of the menu hierarchy,

thus hitting the ESC multiple times (depending on which menu you‟re on) will bring you to the Live Preview mode.

Understanding Live Preview Icons

There are multiple icons on each display in Live Preview mode to indicate different camera status. These icons include:

Event Icon: Indicates video loss or tampering, motion detection and/or sensor alarm.

Figure 1. Live Preview Icons

Operating the Live Preview

In Live Preview mode, you can:

1. Display Single Camera:

• Using Front Panel/Remote: Use Alphanumeric buttons.

• Using Mouse: Select Single Camera in right-click menu.

2. Preview Layout Switch:

• Using Front Panel/Remote: Click PREV button.

• Using Mouse: Select Multi-Camera in right-click menu.

3. Manual Switch:

• Using Front Panel/ Remote: To move to the previous screen, click the Left direction button. To

move to the next screen, click the Right direction button.

• Using Mouse: Select Next screen in right-click menu.

4. Auto Switch:

• Using Front Panel/Remote: Click ENTER button.

• Using Mouse: Select Start Sequence in right-click menu.

5. Digital Zoom:

• Using Mouse: Select Digital Zoom in right-click menu.

Using the Mouse in Live Preview

Many features of the Live Preview can be quickly accessed by clicking the right-button of the mouse (shown in Figure

2). These features include:

• Single Camera: Switch to a full screen display of the selected camera. Camera can be selected from a

drop down list.

• Multi-Camera: Switch between different display layout options. Layout options can be selected from a

drop down list.

• Next Screen: When displaying less than the maximum number of cameras in Live Preview, clicking this

feature will switch to the next set of displays.

Record Icon: Indicates the current channel is recording. The recording may have been started manually, from

a schedule, and/or triggered from motion or alarm.

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• Playback: Enter into Playback mode.

• PTZ: Enter PTZ Control mode.

• Digital Zoom: Enter Digital Zoom interface.

• Menu: Enter Main menu.

• Start Auto-switch: Enable sequencing in Live Preview mode.

Note: The dwell time of the preview configuration should be set before using Start Auto-switch.

Figure 2. Live Preview Mouse Menu

Using Digital Zoom

To use digital Zoom in Live Preview mode:

1. Right-click using the mouse in Live Preview mode.

2. Select Digital Zoom from Mouse menu.

3. Left-click and drag the red box to the desired area for zoom. The zoomed image will be magnified by

4 times. A sample of this can be seen in Figure 3.

Figure 3. Digital Zoom

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Configuring Live Preview Displays

Live Preview displays can be customized to your own needs. These settings can be accessed by entering the Display

Settings menu.

Figure 4. Display Settings

To access the Display Settings menu:

1. Click the MENU button.

2. Click the Setting icon.

3. Click the Display icon.

The settings available in this menu include:

• Video Output: Designates the output to configure the settings for. Outputs include Main Vout and

Auxiliary Vout.

• Mode: Designates the display mode to be use for Live Preview (Spot out only one window).

• Dwell Time: The time in seconds to dwell between switching of channels when Start Sequence is

selected in Live Preview.

• Camera Order: The order of the cameras to be used in the selected display mode (See Setting Camera

Order).

• Enable Audio Output: Enable/disable audio output for the selected video output.

• Event Output Port: Designates the output to show event video on.

• Event Dwell Time: The time in seconds to show event screen.

Note: DVR will automatically detect if a VGA display is connected. If VGA is connected, main CVBS won‟t show

you any image. If VGA is not connected, main CVBS will show you main GUI.

Note: Spot out only one window

Note: VGA can‟t work together with Main CVBS

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Setting Camera Order

Setting the camera order allows you to logically position cameras for more efficient monitoring of your own individual

location.

Figure 5. Camera Order Setting

To set the camera order:

1. Enter the Display Settings menu, shown in Figure 5 (Menu > Setting > Display).

2. Click the Set button.

3. Select the display mode you would like to set the camera order for under Mode.

4. Using the up and down button at each display, select the camera you would like to set. Setting an „X‟

will mean the camera will not be displayed.

5. Click the OK button.

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C H A P T E R 4

Record Settings

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Configuring Settings for Recording

There are multiple ways to setup your DVR for recording. They include setting up a recording schedule, triggering a

recording by motion detection and/or a sensor alarm, and manually starting the recording.

Initializing Record Settings

Before setting your DVR up for recording, certain settings should be configured first. The steps to configuring these

settings are:

1. If you have not initialized a HDD either through the Setup Wizard or through HDD management, you

must do so before proceeding.

2. Navigate to Menu > Setting > Record. You will be taken to the Record Settings menu, shown in

Figure 1.

Figure 1. General Record Settings

3. Select the camera you would to configure the settings for.

4. Configure settings for:

• Encoding Parameters: Select the encoding parameters, either Normal or Event.

• Stream Type: Type of stream to record, either video or video & audio.

• Resolution: Select the resolution of the recording. The options could include 4CIF, DCIF, 2CIF,

CIF and QCIF.

• Bit Rate Type: Select either Variable or Constant bit rate.

• Video Quality: Select the quality to record cameras at.

• Frame Rate: Select recordings frame rate.

• Max Bit Rate: Select or define custom maximum bit rate for recordings.

5. Click the Set button under More Settings. This will bring up another menu with more advance

recording options, as shown in Figure 2.

Note: DCIF resolution is available only for DS-8104HCI-S & DS-8104HDI-S.

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Figure 2. Additional Record Settings

6. Set additional record settings:

• Pre-Record: Sets the time in seconds to pre-record before the actual recording begins.

• Post-Record: Sets the time in seconds to post-record after the actual recording has ended.

• Recording Expired Time: Sets the expiration time in days for recorded video. Recordings after

expiration time would be deleted. If it‟s set to „0,‟ the option would be disabled.

• Redundantly Record: Select to enable or disable redundant recording on the particular channel.

• Record Audio: Select to record audio of the camera or not.

7. Click the OK button to finish and return to the previous menu.

8. Select the Advanced tab, this will open the Advanced settings menu, shown in Figure 3.

9. Enable or disable the Overwrite setting. Enabling the Overwrite setting will cause recorded files to

be overwritten once the HDD is full.

10. Click Apply and then the OK button.

Figure 3. Advanced Record Settings

Scheduling a Recording

Scheduling a recording allows you to setup the DVR to only record when you want it to.

To setup a recording schedule:

1. Enter the Record Settings menu (Menu > Setting > Record).

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2. Select the Schedule tab to open the Schedule menu, shown in Figure 4.

Figure 4. Schedule Settings

3. Select Camera to edit schedule for.

4. Click the Edit button. 5. Click and check Enable Schedule.

6. Select the day you would like to setup the schedule for or select All Week to record the entire week.

7. Select to record the entire day by clicking All Day or at different time periods. Up to 8 time periods

can be scheduled. It is important to note that time periods cannot be overlapped.

8. Select recording Type. Recording type can be based on time and triggered by motion detection and/or

alarm. Motion detected and alarm triggered recordings are further explained in Configuring Alarms.

9. Click the OK button to finish configuration.

10. Repeat steps 3-9 for other cameras or copy settings from one schedule to the next under the Copy To

section.

11. Click OK to finish and save the schedule settings.

Note: Event encoding parameters will take effect when motion detection or alarm happens. Normal encoding

parameters will take effect when there are no events happening.

Starting a Manual Recording

A manual recording can be started at any time. To start a manual recording:

1. Press the REC/SHOT button on the front panel or in the Main menu to bring up the Manual Record

menu (shown in Figure 5).

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Figure 5. Manual Record Menu

2. Start manual recording by selecting On or Off for the cameras desired.

Protecting Recorded Files

There are two methods to prevent recorded files from being deleted off the HDD. It‟s highly recommended that

important recorded events be protected from deletion. Recorded files can either be locked or the HDD that the files

reside on can be set to read only.

Locking and Unlocking Recorded Files

To lock or unlock a recorded file:

1. Enter the Video Search menu by navigating to Menu > Video Search. The Video Search menu is

shown in Figure 6.

Figure 6. Video Search Menu

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2. Search for desired recording by entering search parameters. Search parameters include Camera #,

Video/File Type, and Start/End Time.

3. Click the Search button. A list of recordings (similar to Figure 7), matching the search parameters will

be displayed.

4. Select the file you would like to lock/unlock.

5. Click on the Lock button to lock file. If the file is already locked, click on the Unlock button to unlock

file. Locked files will be shown with a closed lock while unlocked files, opened lock.

6. Click Cancel to exit out of the Video Search menu.

Figure 7. Video Search Result List

Setting HDD to Read-Only

To set a HDD to read-only:

1. Navigate to the HDD Management menu by going to Menu > HDD Management. The HDD

Management menu is shown in Figure 8.

Figure 8. HDD Management Menu

2. Select the General tab.

3. Select the HDD to set to read-only.

4. Click the Property button. This will take you to the Property Settings menu, shown in Figure 9.

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Figure 9. HDD Property Settings Menu

5. Set HDD to Read-Only.

6. Click the OK button. The HDD is now read-only.

Note: When a HDD is set to read-only, no more recordings can be written to the disk. In order to enable recordings

on that particular disk again, you must set the HDD to R/W (Read/ Write) in the HDD Property Settings menu. If

multiple HDDs are used, the DVR will automatically record to the next HDD that is not set to read-only.

Configuring Advanced HDD Settings

Setting up HDD Redundancy

To insure unexpected failures of hard disk drives, it‟s recommended to set up HDD redundancy. It is important to note

that in order to set up HDD redundancy, you‟ll need more than one HDD in your DVR.

To set up HDD redundancy:

1. Navigate to the HDD Management menu by clicking Menu > HDD management.

2. Click on the General tab.

3. Select the HDD to be used for redundancy, as shown in Figure 10.

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Figure 10. HDD Management Menu

4. Click the Property button. This will take you to the Property Settings menu.

5. Set HDD Status to Redundancy, shown in Figure 11. Verify at least one other

6. HDD is set to R/W (read/write).

7. Click the OK button to save settings and return to the previous menu.

Figure 11. HDD Property Settings

8. Navigate to the Record Settings menu by clicking Menu > Setting > Record Setting.

9. Click on the General tab.

10. Select the Camera to be used for redundancy.

11. Next to More Settings, click on the Set button. This will bring up additional settings for the selected

camera (shown in Figure 12).

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Figure 12. Additional Record Settings

1. Set Redundantly Record to Yes.

2. Click the OK button to save settings.

3. Repeat steps 8-12 for other cameras you would like to redundantly record.

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Playback

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Playing Back a Recording

You must first search for recordings to play them back. There are multiple ways to search for recordings, including

searching for them by time, by channel, by file type and by log.

Understanding the Playback Interface

There are various controls on the Playback interface that makes viewing recordings more efficient. A screenshot of the

Playback interface is shown below in Figure 1.

Figure 1. Playback Interface

The Playback Control Panel, shown in Figure 2 contains the various controls on the Playback interface.

Figure 2. Playback Control Panel

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Note: A blue Record Time Line designates schedule/manual recording while a red one shows event recordings.

Playing Back from Search

To playback files from a video search:

1. Enter into the Video Search menu by clicking Menu > Video Search.

2. Set the search parameters by selecting cameras to search, video/file type and the start/end time (as

shown in Figure 3).

Figure 3. Video Search Menu

3. Click the Play button to start playback of all the files found with the specified search criteria or click

the Search button to bring up the list of search results. After search results are presented, select the file

you would like to playback and press Play.

4. Recordings will automatically be play backed in the Playback interface, shown in Figure 4.

Figure 4. Playback Interface

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Playing Back from Live Preview

You may also instantly playback from a channel while watching a Live Preview. The playback will be of recordings

from the past 5 minutes.

To playback from a channel instantly in Live Preview:

• Using a Mouse:

1. Right-click the mouse on desired channel and select the Playback button.

2. Recordings from the selected channel will start playing back in the Playback interface. An

Attention message will appear if there are no recordings found from the previous 5 minutes. You

may also press the Play button to view the day‟s recording for the selected channel.

3. You may also select additional channels (up to 16-ch) for playback from the channel list on the

right hand side of the Playback interface, as shown in Figure 5.

Figure 5. Playback Interface

• Using the Front Panel/Remote:

1. Press the PLAY button. This will take you into the Playback interface.

2. Enter the channel you would like to watch recordings for on the front panel or remote (i.e. press

„0‟then„4‟ for channel 04).

3. Recordings will begin for the selected channel.

Playing Back from System Log

You may also playback recordings from the System Log.

To playback video from the System Log:

1. Enter the Log Search menu by clicking Menu > Maintenance > Log Search (shown in Figure 6).

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Figure 6. Log Search Menu

2. Set Major Type setting to Information.

3. Set Minor Type setting to Start Record or End Record.

4. Set Start Time and End Time.

5. Click the Search button.

6. A list of results with your search criteria will be returned. Select the video log to playback and click

Play.

7. The recording will begin to play in the Playback interface.

Playing Back Frame-by-Frame

To playback frame-by-frame in the Playback interface:

• Using a Mouse:

1. Click the Slow Forward button on the Playback Control Panel until the speed changes to Single

frame.

2. Click the Pause button to advance the video frame by frame.

• Using the Front Panel/Remote:

1. Rotate the inner control on Jog Shuttle counterclockwise or press the Down button to set the play to

Single frame.

2. Press the OK button.

3. Press the Enter button to advance the video frame by frame.

Using Digital Zoom

To use digital zoom in Playback mode:

1. Enter Digital Zoom mode by right-clicking with the mouse in Playback and selecting Zoom.

2. Left-Click and drag red box for desired magnification area, as shown in Figure 7. The selected area

will be zoomed to full screen.

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Figure 7. Digital Zoom Area Selection

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C H A P T E R 6

Backup

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Backing up Recorded Files

Recorded files can be backed up to various devices, such as USB flash drives, USB HDDs or a DVD writer.

Exporting Files

To export recorded files:

1. Enter the Export Video menu (shown in Figure 1) by clicking Menu > Video Export.

Figure 1. Export Video Menu

2. Select desired parameters to search for files to export.

3. Press the Export button. This will take you to the Video Search menu.

4. Select the files to export, as shown in Figure 2. You may also click the Play button to verify that these

files are indeed the ones you would like to export.

Figure 2. Video Search Results

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5. The size of the currently selected files is displayed in the lower-left corner of the window. Select the

Next button to enter the Export menu, shown in Figure 3.

Figure 3. Export Menu

6. Select device to export to from drop-down list (USB Flash Drive, USB HDD, DVD Writer). If backup

device is not recognized:

• Click the Refresh button.

• Reconnect device.

• Check for compatibility from vendor.

7. Click Start to begin backup process, shown in Figure 4.

Figure 4. Backup Progress

8. After the backup process has completed (Figure 5), you may select the files from your device and

click the Play button to verify that it has been exported successfully.

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Figure 5. Export Successful Screen

Note: Video Player software will automatically be copied on to the device that the recorded files were exported on.

Exporting Video Clips

You may also select video clips to export directly during Playback. A maximum of 30 clips can be selected for each

channel.

To export video clips during Playback:

• Using the Mouse:

1. Enter into the Playback interface (See Playing Back a Recording).

2. Using the Clip Start/Stop button in the Playback Control Panel, select the start and end of the video

clip during playback.

3. Repeat for additional clips.

4. Click the Quit Playback button to exit from the Playback interface. You‟ll then be prompted to save

the clips, as shown in Figure 6.

Figure 6. Video Clips Save Prompt

5. Click the Yes button to enter Backup interface or select No to exit to Playback interface.

6. At the Backup interface, select the Start button to begin the Backup process.

• Using the Front Panel / Remote:

1. Enter into the Playback interface (See Playing Back a Recording).

2. During playback, press the EDIT button to mark start of clip.

3. Press the EDIT button again to mark end of clip.

4. Repeat for additional clips.

5. Press the ESC button to exit from the Playback interface. You‟ll then be prompted to save the clips,

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as shown in Figure 6.

6. Click the Yes button to enter Backup interface or select No to exit to Playback interface.

7. At the Backup interface, select the Start button to begin the Backup process.

Managing Backup Devices

To manage backup devices, you must first be in the Export menu, shown in Figure 7. The Export menu can be

accessed by following the steps shown in the previous section (See Exporting Files).

Figure 7. Export Menu

Once in the Export menu, you may:

• Create New Folder: Creates a new folder on the export device.

• Delete: Delete a file or folder from the export device.

• Play: Play the selected video file from the export device.

• Format: Format the export device.

• Erase: Erase files from a re-writable CD/DVD.

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Alarm Settings

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Configuring Alarms

Setting up Motion Detection

Set up properly, using motion detected recording will increase the number of days your DVR is able to record. It will

only record relevant events rather than recording everything, making searching for an event easier.

To set up motion detection:

1. Enter Camera Setting:

Enter the Camera Settings interface by navigating to Menu > Setting > Camera. Select channel to

configure motion detection on.

2. Select the Advanced tab to open up the Advanced Camera Settings menu, shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1. Advanced Camera Settings

3. Check the checkbox next to Video Motion Detection.

4. Click the Area Settings button to enter the Motion Detection area and Sensitivity configuration

interface.

5. The Motion Detection area, shown in Figure 2, allows you to mask out areas where you would like

motion to be detected in. The maximum area is the whole screen. Mask the Motion Detection area.

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Figure 2. Motion Detection Area

6. Set the Motion Detection Sensitivity, shown in Figure 3. The higher the sensitivity value, the higher

the sensitivity.

Figure 3. Motion Sensitivity Setting

7. Click OK to return to the Camera Settings menu.

8. Click the Handle button to open the Exception Handle menu, shown in Figure 4. Select the Triggered

Camera tab

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. Figure 4. Exception Handle Menu

9. Select cameras to trigger for recording when motion is detected by checking the checkboxes under the

desired cameras.

10. Click OK to complete motion settings for the selected camera.

You may now add a schedule to start recording when motion is detected (See Scheduling a Recording).

Setting up Sensor Alarms

Recordings can also be triggered from an external sensor alarm device. To setup sensor alarms:

1. Enter into the Alarm Management menu by navigating to Menu > Setting > Alarm, shown in Figure

5.

Figure 5. Alarm Management Menu

2. Select the Alarm Input # and click the Set button. This will open the Alarm Input Setting menu,

shown in Figure 6.

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Figure 6. Alarm Management Settings

3. Set the alarm input type under Type. The options available are Normally Opened (N.O.) and Normally

Closed (N.C.).

4. Check the checkbox next to Setting and click the Handle button to enter the Alarm Input Handle

menu.

5. Select the Triggered Camera tab. 6. Select cameras to trigger for recording when alarm occurs by checking the checkboxes under the

desired cameras, as shown in Figure 7.

Figure 7. Triggered Cameras Menu

7. Click the OK button to complete setup.

You may now add a schedule to start recording when an alarm is triggered (See Scheduling a Recording).

Alarm outputs may also be configured in the Alarm Management menu. To set up Alarm Output:

1. Select the Alarm Output tab. This will bring up the Alarm Output interface, shown in Figure 8.

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Figure 8. Alarm Output Interface

2. Select the output you would like to configure and click the Set button. This will bring up the settings

page for the selected channel (Figure 9).

Figure 9. Alarm Output Settings

3. Configure the settings for selected output.

4. Select OK to save and exit.

Note: If the Hold For option is selected as Manually Stop, the alarm will only stop when you manually stop it (See

Triggering Alarm Outputs Manually).

Triggering Alarm Outputs Manually

You may also trigger alarm outputs manually through the Manual Alarm menu.

To trigger alarm outputs manually:

1. Enter the Manual Alarm menu (Figure 10) by clicking Menu > Manual Alarm.

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Figure 10. Manual Alarm Menu

2. In the Manual Alarm menu, you may:

• Trigger: Select an alarm from the list and click Trigger to trigger its output.

• Trigger All: Trigger all alarm outputs at once.

• Clear All: Stop all alarm outputs at once.

3. Select OK to return to the previous menu.

Detecting Video Loss

Your DVR can be setup to detect video loss and trigger an action. To setup video loss detection:

1. Enter Camera Settings menu by clicking Menu > Setting > Camera.

2. Select camera under Channel # to configure video loss detection for and click the Set button.

3. Select the Advanced tab. 4. Check the Video Loss Detection checkbox to enable feature, as shown in Figure 11.

Figure 11. Camera Settings Menu

5. Click the Handle button to enter the Exception Handle menu, shown in Figure 12.

6. Select the Handle tab to configure exceptions handling. Exception trigger options are further

explained in the next section (See Understanding Exception Trigger Options).

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Figure 12. Exception Handle Menu

7. Select the Schedule tab. Set the schedule of when you want video loss detection to be enabled.

Schedule can be set for all week or any day of the week with up to 8 time periods per day.

8. Click the Apply button to finish.

9. Repeat above for other channels.

Detecting Video Tampering

Video tampering (i.e. moving camera to a different position) can also be detected and set to trigger an action on your

DVR. To setup video tempering detection:

1. Enter Camera Management/Settings menu by clicking Menu > Setting > Camera.

2. Select camera under Channel # to configure video loss detection for and click the Set button.

3. Select the Advanced tab.

4. Check the Tamper Detection checkbox, as shown in Figure 13.

Figure 13. Camera Settings Menu

5. Click the Area Settings button to enter the area setup. 6. Setup tampering area, as shown in Figure 14. Only one tampering area can be set, with the full screen

being the maximum area.

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Figure 14. Tampering Area Setup

7. Set detection sensitivity. The higher the value set, the higher the sensitivity.

8. Click OK to return to the Camera Settings/Management menu.

9. Click the Handle button to enter the Exception Handle menu, shown in Figure 15.

10. Select the Handle tab to configure exceptions handling. Exception trigger options are further

explained in the next section (See Understanding Exception Trigger Options).

Figure 15. Exception Handle Menu

11. Select the Schedule tab. Set the schedule of when you want video loss detection to be enabled.

Schedule can be set for all week or any day of the week with up to 8 time periods per day.

12. Click the Apply button to finish.

13. Repeat above for other channels.

Setting Exception

Setting exceptions allow the DVR to alert you when irregular events occur. These events include:

• HDD Full: All installed HDD are full.

• HDD Errors: Errors occurred during writing of the HDD or HDD had failed to initialize.

• Network Disconnected: Disconnected network cable.

• IP Conflicted: Conflict in IP address setting.

• Illegal Login: Wrong user ID or password used.

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• Video Exception: Instable video signal detected.

• Mismatched Output Standard Mismatch: I/O video standards do not match.

To set exceptions:

1. Enter the Exception menu by clicking Menu > Exception.

2. Select the exception to configure under Exception Type.

3. Select triggering options, as shown in Figure 16. Trigger options are further explained in the next

section (See Understanding Exception Trigger Options).

Figure 16. Exception Menu

4. Click OK to save and exit Exception menu.

Understanding Exception Trigger Options

When setting up exception handlers for such features as motion detection and sensor alarms, you may select triggering

options to alert you of these exceptions.

The triggering options that you may select include:

• Pop-up Image on Monitor: When an alarm is triggered, the local monitor (VGA or BNC monitor) will

display an image under Live Preview mode. This alarm can be configured under the Popup Alarm Image

handle method. For alarms that are triggered simultaneously, images will be displayed one at a time

every 10 seconds (default dwell time). A different dwell time can be set by going to Menu > Setting >

Display > Dwell Time. Once the alarm stops, cycling of the images will also stop and you‟ll be returned

to the Live Preview screen.

• Audio Warning: Trigger an audible beep when exception is detected.

• Notify Surveillance Center: Sends a signal to remote alarm host when exception is detected (See

Configuring a Remote Alarm Host).

• Trigger Alarm Output: Trigger an alarm output when exception is detected. Alarm output can be

configured by following the steps listed in Setting Up Sensor Alarms.

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Network Settings

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Configuring Network Settings

Network settings must be configured before you‟re able to use your DVR over the network.

Configuring Basic Settings

To configure basic network settings:

1. Enter the Network Settings menu, shown in Figure 1 by clicking Menu > Setting > Network.

Figure 1. Network Settings Menu

2. Select the General tab.

3. If you have a DHCP server running and would like your DVR to automatically obtain an IP address

and other network settings from that server, check the DHCP checkbox. You may check the DHCP

status by going to the Network Status tab, as shown in Figure 2.

Figure 2. Network Status

4. If you would like to configure your own settings, enter the settings for:

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• IP Address: IP address you would like to use for your DVR.

• Subnet Mask: Subnet Mask of network.

• Default Gateway: IP address of your Gateway. Typically the IP address of your router.

• Preferred/Alternate DNS Server: The preferred and alternate Domain Name System (DNS) Server

to be used with your DVR.

5. Click OK to save and exit the Network Settings menu.

Configuring PPPoE Settings

Your DVR also allows for Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet (PPPoE) access. To set up PPPoE access:

1. Enter the Network Settings menu by clicking Menu > Setting > Network.

2. Select the General tab.

3. Set the IP address and subnet mask to 0, as shown in Figure 3. When the PPPoE connection is

successfully established, the IP address will be added automatically.

Figure 3. Network Settings Menu

4. Select the Advanced tab. This will take you to the advanced network settings menu, shown in Figure

4.

Figure 4. Advanced Network Settings

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5. Click the Set button next to PPPoE to enter PPPoE settings menu, shown in Figure 5.

Figure 5. PPPoE Settings

6. Check the PPPoE checkbox to enable feature.

7. Enter User Name, Password, and Confirm Password for PPPoE access. PPPoE credentials can be

obtained from your network administrator. Once the setup is completed, your DVR will automatically

dial-up into your network after rebooting.

8. Click OK button to save and exit Network Settings menu. You may now restart your DVR for settings

to take place. To check on the status of your PPPoE connection, go to Menu > Setting > Network and

select the Network Status tab.

Configuring DDNS

If your DVR is setup to use PPPoE as its default network connection, you may setup Dynamic DNS (DDNS) to be used

in conjunction.

To setup DDNS:

1. Enter the Network Settings menu by clicking Menu > Setting > Network.

2. Select the Advanced tab.

3. Select the Set button next to DDNS to enter the DDNS settings menu, shown in Figure 6.

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Figure 6. DDNS Settings Menu

4. Check the DDNS checkbox to enable feature.

5. Select DDNS Type. There are three different DDNS type to choose from, IpServer, PeanutHull and

DynDNS.

• IpServer: Enter Server Address for IpServer.

• PeanutHull: Enter User Name and Password obtained from the PeanutHull website (Figure 6).

• DynDNS: Enter Server Address for DynDNS (i.e. members.dyndns.org) (Figure 7). Under DVR

Domain Name, enter the domain obtained from the DynDNS web site. Lastly, enter the User

Name and Password registered in the DynDNS network.

Figure 7. DynDNS Settings

Configuring an NTP Server

A Network Time Protocol (NTP) Server may also be setup on your DVR to keep the date and time current and

accurate.

To setup an NTP server:

1. Enter the Network Settings menu by clicking Menu > Setting > Network.

2. Select the Advanced tab.

3. Select the Set button next to NTP to enter the NTP settings menu, as shown in Figure 8.

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Figure 8. NTP Settings Menu

4. Check the NTP checkbox to enable feature.

5. Set NTP settings:

• Synchronize Every: Time in minutes to synchronize with NTP server.

• NTP Server: IP address of NTP server.

6. Click OK to save and exit menu.

Note: Time synchronization interval has a range of 0-10080ms, normally 7200ms. If the DVR is used on a public

network, you should use a NTP server that has a time synchronization function, such as the server at the National Time

Center (IP Address: 210.72.145.44). If the DVR is setup in a more customized network, NTP software can be used to

establish a NTP server used for time synchronization.

Configuring a Remote Alarm Host

With a remote alarm host set, the DVR will send a signal to the host when an alarm is triggered. The remote alarm host

must have the Network Video Surveillance software installed.

To set up a remote alarm host:

1. Enter Network settings menu by clicking Menu > Setting > Network.

2. Select the Advanced tab.

3. Click the Set butt next to Host/Others to enter the Host/Others menu, as shown in Figure 9.

Figure 9. Host/Others Menu

4. Enter Alarm Host IP and Alarm Host Port. Alarm Host IP is the IP of the remote PC which has the

Network Video Surveillance software installed. The Alarm Host Port must be the same as software‟s

alarm monitor port (default port is 7200).

Configuring Multicast

Setting up multicasting solves limitation issues when streaming videos through a network access device. A multicast

address spans the Class-D IP range of 224.0.0.0 to 239.255.255.255. It is suggested that the IP address range of

239.252.0.0 to 239.255.255.255 be used.

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To set up multicasting:

1. Enter the Network Settings menu by clicking Menu > Setting > Network.

2. Select the Advanced tab.

3. Click the Set button next to Host/Others to enter the Host/Others menu.

4. Set Multicast IP, as shown in Figure 10. When adding a device to the Network Video Surveillance

software, the multicast address must be the same as the DVR‟s multicast IP.

Figure 10. Host/Others Menu

5. Click OK to save and exit menu.

Configuring Server and HTTP Ports

If you would like to change the server and HTTP ports from the default settings, you can do so in the Network Settings

menu. The default server port is 8000 while the default HTTP port is 80.

To change the default ports:

1. Enter the Network Settings menu by clicking Menu > Setting > Network.

2. Select the Advanced tab.

3. Click the Set button next to Host/Others to enter the Host/Others menu.

4. Enter new Server Port and HTTP Port, as shown in Figure 11.

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Figure 11. Host/Others Menu

Note: The Server Port has a port range of 2000-65535 and is used for remote client software access. The HTTP port

is used for remote internet browser access.

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Navigating PTZ Menus

PTZ menus can be navigated through with either the mouse or the front panel/remote. For quick access to certain PTZ

settings, right clicking with the mouse in a display while in PTZ control mode will bring up the PTZ settings menu.

This menu is shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1. Mouse PTZ Settings Menu

The items that can be found on this menu include:

• Camera: Select a PTZ camera.

• Call Preset: Call a PTZ preset.

• Call Patrol: Call a PTZ sequence.

• Call Pattern: Call a PTZ pattern.

• Patrol Setting: Enter PTZ sequence configuration menu.

• Pattern Setting: Enter PTZ pattern configuration menu.

• PTZ Setting: Enter PTZ setting menu.

Configuring PTZ Settings

Settings for a PTZ camera must be configured before it can be used. Before proceeding, verify that the PTZ and

RS-485 of the DVR are connected properly.

To configure PTZ settings:

1. Enter the PTZ Settings menu by clicking Menu > Setting > PTZ. The PTZ Settings menu is shown in

Figure 2.

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Figure 2. PTZ Settings Menu

2. Select channel where PTZ camera is installed next to Camera label.

3. Enter PTZ settings so it matches that of the PTZ camera.

4. Click OK button to save and exit menu.

Setting PTZ Presets, Patrols & Patterns

Your DVR allows you to customize presets, patrols and patterns for a connected PTZ camera.

Understanding PTZ Controls

Before setting presets, patrols and patterns, it‟s important to understand some of the features of the PTZ control panel,

shown in Figure 3.

Figure 3. PTZ Control Interface

The controls on the PTZ panel include:

1. Directional Pad/Auto-scan Buttons: Controls the movements and directions of the PTZ. Center

button is also used to start auto-scan of PTZ.

2. Zoom: Used to zoom in and out with the PTZ.

3. Focus: Used to adjust the focus of the PTZ.

4. Iris: Used to open up or close the iris of the PTZ.

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5. Speed: Adjusts the movement speed of the PTZ.

6. Light: Turns PTZ light (if applicable) on and off.

7. Wiper: Turns PTZ wiper (if applicable) on and off.

8. Zoom In: Instantly zooms PTZ in.

9. Center: Centers PTZ.

Customizing Presets

Presets can be set to move your PTZ camera to a desired preset location at the click of a button.

To setup and use custom PTZ presets:

1. Enter the PTZ Control interface, shown in Figure 3 by clicking PTZ in the mouse menu or the PTZ

button on the front panel.

2. Select the Preset button to enter the Preset Management menu.

3. In the Preset Management menu, shown in Figure 4, you may:

• Configure Preset: Use the PTZ control panel to adjust the position of the preset. Select a Preset

number and click the Set button to save preset location.

• Clear Preset: Select a Preset number and click the Clear button to delete the preset. You may also

select the Clear All button to delete all presets.

• Call Preset: Select a Preset and click the Call button.

Figure 4. Preset Management Menu

Note: Only valid presets can be called and deleted.

Customizing Patrols

Patrols can be setup to move the PTZ to different key points and have it stay there for a set duration before moving on

to the next point. The key points are defined by presets which can be set following the steps above in Customizing

Presets.

To set up and use PTZ patrols:

1. Enter the PTZ Control interface, shown in Figure 3 by clicking PTZ in the mouse menu or the PTZ

button on the front panel.

2. Select the Patrol button to enter the Pareol Management menu, shown in Figure 5.

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Figure 5. Patrol Management Menu

3. In the Patrol Management menu, you may:

• Configure Patrol:

1. Select a Patrol Number to set.

2. Select valid presets (See Customizing Presets) and click the Set button to enter the Patrol

configuration menu. A sequence should have at least 2 valid presets.

3. Set the Key Point No., Duration, and Speed (Figure 6). The Key Point No. determines

the order at which the PTZ will follow while cycling through the patrol. The Duration

refers to the time span to stay at the corresponding key point. The Speed defines the rate

at which the PTZ will move from one key point to the next.

Figure 6. Patrol Configuration Menu

4. Click OK to return to Patrol Management menu and repeat steps 2-3 to configure other

key points.

5. After all key points have been configured, click OK to save and exit menu.

• Clear Patrol:

1. Select a valid Patrol Number.

2. Click the Clear button to delete patrol.

• Call Patrol:

1. Select a valid Patrol Number.

2. Click the Start button to call the patrol, select the stop button to stop the patrol, as shown

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in Figure 7.

Figure 7. Patrol Management Menu

Customizing Patterns

Patterns can be setup by recording the movement of the PTZ.

To setup and use PTZ patterns:

1. Enter the PTZ Control interface, shown in Figure 3 by clicking PTZ in the mouse menu or the PTZ

button on the front panel.

2. Select the Pattern button to enter the Pattern Management menu, shown in Figure 8.

Figure 8. Pattern Management Menu

3. Select a Pattern Number.

4. To record a new pattern, select the Run Record button to start recording of the movements of the PTZ.

Use the PTZ control panel to move the PTZ. The PTZ movements will be recorded until the Stop

Record button is clicked.

5. To run a pattern, click the Run Pattern button on a valid pattern. The PTZ will move according to the

path that was defined until Stop Pattern is clicked.

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6. Click OK to save and exit from menu.

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Configuring OSD Settings

On Screen Display (OSD) settings can be configured in the Camera Management menu. The OSD is shown in each

display during Live Preview mode and includes the time and date as well as the camera name.

To configure OSD settings:

1. Enter the Camera Management/Settings menu, shown in Figure 1 by clicking Menu > Setting >

Camera.

2. Select channel to setup OSD settings under Channel #. Click the Set button.

3. Configure desired OSD settings, as shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1. OSD Settings Menu

Setting up Privacy Mask

You may setup privacy mask to mask off sensitive or private areas in the field of view of a camera.

To setup privacy mask:

1. Enter the Camera Management/Settings menu, shown in Figure 1 by clicking Menu > Setting >

Camera.

2. Select channel to setup privacy mask under Channel #. Click the Set button.

3. Select the Advanced tab to enter the Advanced Camera Settings menu, shown in Figure 2.

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Figure 2. Advanced Camera Settings Menu

4. Check the Mask checkbox to enable feature.

5. Click the Area Settings button to enter Area Settings menu.

6. Setup mask area, as shown in Figure 3. Up to 4 areas can be set.

Figure 3. Setting Mask Area

7. Select OK to save and exit mask setup.

Adjusting Display Settings

Display settings such as the brightness, contrast, saturation and hue can also be adjusted in the Camera Management

menu.

To adjust display settings:

1. Enter the Camera Settings menu by clicking Menu > Setting > Camera.

2. Select channel to adjust display settings under Channel #. Click the Set button.

3. Select the Advanced tab to enter the Advanced Camera Settings menu, shown in Figure 4.

4. Click the Set button next to the Color Settings label.

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5. Adjust the display settings, as shown in Figure 4. Brightness, contrast, saturation and hue can be

adjusted. The adjustments of display settings not only affect previewed images, but also recorded

images.

Figure 4. Display Settings

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Managing HDDs

Initializing HDDs

A newly installed hard disk drive (HDD) must be first initialize before it can be used with your DVR. Initializing the

HDD will erase all data on it.

To initialize a HDD:

1. Enter the HDD Management menu, shown in Figure 1 by clicking Menu > HDD.

Figure 1. HDD Management Menu

2. Select HDD to initialize.

3. Click the Init button.

4. Select OK button to begin initialization. After the HDD has been initialized, the status of the HDD

will change from Abnormal to Normal.

Setting HDD Groups

Your DVR can separate multiple HDDs into groups. Videos from specified channels can be set to be recorded onto a

particular HDD group.

To setup a HDD group:

1. Enter the HDD Management menu by clicking Menu > HDD.

2. Select HDDs to be added to group.

3. Select Group button to enter Group Settings menu.

4. Set the HDD Group Number, as shown in Figure 2.

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Figure 2. HDD Group Settings Menu

5. Select OK to save and exit menu.

Note: By default, all HDDs belong to group 1.

Setting HDD Status

You may change the behavior of your HDD by changing its status. The status of a HDD can be set to redundancy,

read-only or read/write (R/W).

Setting HDD to Read-Only

A HDD can be set to read-only to avoid important recorded files from being overwritten when the HDD becomes full.

To set a HDD to read-only:

1. Enter the HDD Management menu by clicking Menu > HDD.

2. Select HDD to protect.

3. Select the Property button to enter the Property Settings menu, as shown in Figure 3.

Figure 3. HDD Property Settings Menu

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4. Set HDD Status to Read-Only.

5. Select OK to save and exit menu.

Note: Once set to read-only, the HDD cannot be written to until it is set back to read/write (R/W). If the HDD that is

currently being written to is set to read-only, the data will be recorded to the next HDD. If there is only one HDD

present, setting it to read-only will cause the DVR to not record.

Setting HDD to Redundancy

In order to use HDD redundancy on your DVR, you will need to have at least two disk installed. Setting up HDD

redundancy will allow your DVR to redundantly record a copy of the videos onto multiple drives as a safeguard against

losing all your files in case of disk failures.

To setup HDD redundancy:

1. Enter the HDD Management menu by clicking Menu > HDD.

2. Select HDD to setup redundancy on.

3. Select the Property button to enter the Property Settings menu, as shown in Figure 3.

4. Set HDD Status to Redundancy.

5. Select OK to save and exit menu.

Note: The HDD that is set to redundancy is used to store an extra copy of the recording. If a HDD is set to

redundancy, at least one HDD should be set to the R/W status.

Checking HDD Status

You may check the status of any of the installed HDDs on your DVR at anytime.

To check the status of a HDD:

1. Enter the HDD Management menu by clicking Menu > HDD.

2. The status of your HDD is listed under the Status column. If the status is listed as Normal or Hibernate,

the HDD is in working order. If it is listed as Abnormal and has already been initialized, the HDD

needs to be replaced. If the HDD is Uninitialized, you will need to initialize it before it can be use in

your DVR. Please refer to Initializing HDDs for further instructions.

You may also view the SMART information of installed HDDs. SMART, short for Self-Monitoring, Analysis and

Reporting Technology is a monitoring system for hard disk drives to detect and report on various indicators of

reliability in the hopes of anticipating failures.

To view SMART information of a HDD:

1. Enter the Log Search menu, shown in Figure 4 by clicking Menu > Maintenance > Log.

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Figure 4. Log Search Menu

2. Set Major Type to Information.

3. Set Minor Type to HDD SMART.

4. Enter Start Time and End Time.

5. Click the Search button to begin log search. A result list, similar to that of Figure 5 will be returned.

Figure 5. Log Search Results

6. Select log item to view and click the Details button.

7. A detail listing of SMART information, as shown in Figure 6 will be displayed.

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Figure 6. SMART Information

Configuring HDD Alarms

HDD alarms can be set to trigger when an HDD is uninitialized or in an abnormal state.

To set HDD alarms:

1. Enter Exception menu, shown in Figure 7 by clicking Menu > Exception.

Figure 7. Exception Menu

2. Select HDD Error under Exception Type.

3. Select trigger action. Trigger actions are further explained in Understanding Exception Trigger

Options.

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Configuring System Settings

Configuring General Settings

General settings such as the system language can be configured in the General Settings menu of your DVR.

To configure general settings:

1. Enter the General Settings menu, shown in Figure 1 by clicking Menu > Setting > General.

Figure 1. General Settings Menu

2. Select the General tab.

3. Configure general settings. These settings include:

• Language: Default language used in DVR menus.

• CVBS Output Standard: Video output standard: NTSC and PAL.

• VGA Resolution: VGA output resolution.

• Time Zone: Time zone to use for DVR.

• Menu Date Format: Format to use for date.

• System Time: System time and date.

• Mouse Pointer Speed: Speed of mouse pointer.

• Enable Password: Enable/disable system password.

Note: If the video standard is different between the input and the output, you may notice flickering in Live Preview

mode.

Configuring Advanced Settings

To configure more advanced settings:

1. Enter the General Settings menu, shown in Figure 1 by clicking Menu > Setting > General.

2. Click the More Settings tab; this will take you to the More Settings menu, shown in Figure 2.

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Figure 2. More Settings Menu

3. Configure settings, including:

• Device Name: Name to use for DVR.

• Device No.: Device number to use for DVR.

• CVBS Output Brightness: Video output brightness.

• Transparency: Menu transparency.

• Operation Timeout: Set timeout time for menu inactivity. For example, if timeout time was set to 5

minutes, after 5 minutes of inactivity in the General Settings menu, you‟ll be returned to the Live

Preview.

• Enable Output Hint: To display output status in preview.

• CVBS Scaling: Enable/disable video output scaling for main/aux video output.

Configuring RS-232 Port Settings

To configure RS-232 devices to be used with the DVR:

1. Enter the RS-232 Settings menu, shown in by clicking Menu > Setting > RS232.

Figure 3. RS-232 Settings Menu

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2. Configure RS-232 Settings.

3. The RS-232 port can be used in two ways:

• Parameter Control: Connect a PC to the DVR using the PC serial port. Device parameters can

then be set using software such as HyperTerminal. The serial port parameters must be the same as

the DVR‟s when connecting with the PC serial port.

• Transparent Channel: Connect a serial device directly to the DVR. The serial device will be

controlled remotely by the PC through the network and the protocol of the serial device.

Note: Please note that the remote control features through the RS-232 port are limited.

Managing User Accounts

By default, your DVR comes with one user account, the Administrator account. The Administrator user name is admin

and the password is 12345. The default password for Administrator should be changed right away for security reasons.

The Administrator has the authority to add, delete or configure parameters for many of the system functions.

Adding a New User

You may add up to 31 new users to your DVR. To add new users:

Enter the User Settings menu, shown in Figure 4 by clicking Menu > Setting > User.

Figure 4. User Settings Menu

1. Select the Add button to enter the Add User menu, shown in Figure 5.

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Figure 5. Add User Menu

2. Enter information for new user, including User Name, Password, Level and User’s MAC.

3. The Level is the user level and is separated into two tiers.

• Operator: The Operator user level has the authority to configure two-way audio in network

settings and all parameters in channel settings.

• Guest: The Guest user can not configure network settings, but can configure the local playback

as well as the remote playing in channel settings.

4. If User’s MAC is configured and enabled, the user may only access the DVR from that particular

MAC address.

5. Select the Permission button to enter the Privilege Settings menu, shown in Figure 6.

Figure 6. Privilege Settings Menu

6. Configure privileges for local settings under Local Permission tab. The local settings include:

• Local Log Search: Search and view logs of DVR.

• Local Configuration: Configure and restore parameters to factory defaults. Introduce settings to

or export settings from DVR.

• Local Advanced Management: HDD management (including the initialization and changing the

properties of a disk). Ability to update system firmware as well as to stop the relay output

• Local Shutdown/Reboot: Shutdown or reboot the DVR.

7. Click on the Network Permission tab to configure network privileges, as shown in Figure 7. The

network settings include:

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Figure 7. Network Privileges Menu

• Remote Log Search: Remotely view logs that are saved on the DVR.

• Remote Configuration: Remotely configure parameters, restore parameters to factory defaults

and import settings to as well as export settings from DVR.

• Remote Serial Port Control: Configure settings for RS232 and RS485 ports.

• Remote Video Output Control: Configure settings for video output.

• Two-Way Audio: Ability to use two-way radio between the remote client and the DVR.

• Remote Alarm Control: Remote alert or control the relay output of the DVR. Alarm and

exception settings must be configured properly to upload to host.

• Remote Advanced Management: Remotely manage hard disk drives (initializing and setting

properties for HDDs). Ability to remote update system firmware and stop of the relay output

• Remote Shutdown/Reboot: Remotely shutdown or reboot the DVR.

8. Click on the Channel Permission tab to configure channel privileges, as shown in Figure 8. The

channel settings include:

Figure 8. Channel Privileges Menu

• Remote Live View: Select and view live video over the network.

• Local Manual Record: Locally start and stop manual recording on any of the channels.

• Remote Record Starting: Remotely start and stop manual recording on any of the channels.

• Local Playback: Locally play recorded files that are on the DVR.

• Remote Playback: Remotely play and download recorded files that are on the DVR.

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• Local PTZ Control: Locally control PTZ cameras.

• Remote PTZ Control: Remotely control PTZ cameras.

• Local Video Export: Locally backup recorded files from any of the channels.

9. Click the OK button to save and exit menu.

Note: If you forget the password to your DVR, contact your supplier with the serial number of your DVR to obtain a

secure code to reset your DVR.

Deleting a User

To delete a user from the DVR:

1. Enter the User Settings menu by clicking Menu > Settings > User.

2. Select user to delete.

3. Click the Delete button to delete user.

4. Click the OK button to exit menu.

Modifying a User

To modify a user:

1. Enter the User Settings menu by clicking Menu > Settings > User.

2. Select user to modify.

3. Click the Modify button to enter the Modify menu, shown in Figure 9.

Figure 9. Modify User Menu

4. Edit user information.

5. To modify user permissions, click on the privileges button. Permissions settings are defined in the

section above, Adding a New User.

6. Click the OK button to exit menu.

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Managing System

Importing & Exporting Configuration

Configuration information from your DVR can be exported to a USB device and imported into another DVR. This will

allow you to efficiently setup the same configuration on numerous DVRs.

To import or export DVR configuration:

1. Enter the Import/Export Configuration menu, shown in Figure 10 by clicking Menu > Maintenance >

Configuration.

Figure 10. Import/Export Configuration Menu

2. Click Export to export a configuration file to USB device. USB device must be connected at this point

to the DVR.

3. To import a configuration file, select the file from the USB device and click the Import button. After

the import process is completed, you must reboot the DVR.

4. Click Cancel to exit out of menu.

Updating System Firmware

The firmware on your DVR can be updated using two methods. These methods include updating via an USB device or

over the network via a FTP server.

To update via an USB device:

1. Connect USB device to DVR. The firmware file must be located in the root directory of your USB

device.

2. Enter the Firmware Update menu, shown in Figure 11 by clicking Menu > Maintenance > Upgrade.

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Figure 11. Firmware Update Menu

3. Select the Local Upgrade tab.

4. Select the firmware on the USB device.

5. Select Upgrade to begin the update process.

6. After the system firmware has been updated, reboot the DVR.

To update via a FTP server:

1. Configure PC (running FTP server) and DVR to be in the same Local Area Network. Run the

3rd-party TFTP software on the PC and copy the firmware into the root directory of TFTP.

2. Enter the Firmware Update menu by clicking Menu > Maintenance > Upgrade.

3. Select the FTP tab, shown in Figure 12.

Figure 12. FTP Firmware Update

4. Input the FTP server address.

5. Select Upgrade to begin update process.

6. After the system firmware has been update, reboot the DVR.

Note: If the DVR fails to update, please contact your system supplier for further assistance.

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Restoring Default Settings

To restore default factory settings to your DVR:

1. Enter the Default Settings menu, shown in Figure 13 by clicking Menu > Maintenance > Default.

Figure 13. Default Settings Menu

Select OK to restore factory defaults.

Note: Network information such as IP address, subnet mask and gateway will not be restored.

Viewing System Information

To view system information:

1. Enter into the Information menu, shown in Figure 14 by clicking Menu > Maintenance > Information.

2. Select OK to exit to the previous screen.

Viewing System Logs

Many events of your DVR are logged into the system logs.

To access the system logs and search for these events:

1. Enter the Log Search menu, shown in Figure 15 by clicking Menu > Maintenance > Log Search.

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Figure 15. Log Search Menu

2. Set search parameters.

3. Click the Search button to begin search. If logs matching the search criteria are found, it will be

displayed in a list similar to that of Figure 16.

Figure 16. Log Search Results

4. To view more detail information about a particular log entry, select the entry and click the Details

button.

5. If applicable, you may also view the associated video to the selected log entry by clicking the Play

button.

6. Log files can also be exported onto a USB device. To export a log file, connect a USB device to the

DVR, select the log file to export and click the Export button. This will take you to the Log Search

Export menu, shown below in Figure 17. Click the Export button to export log onto USB device. The

exported file will be named according to the time it was exported (i.e. 2000062991627.txt).

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Figure 17. Log Search Export Menu

7. Click Cancel to exit out of menu.

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Glossary

• Dual Stream: Dual stream is a technology used to record high resolution video locally while transmitting

a lower resolution stream over the network. The two streams are generated by the DVR, with the main

stream having a maximum resolution of 4CIF and the sub-stream having a maximum resolution of

QCIF.

• DVR: Acronym for Digital Video Recorder. A DVR is device that is able to accept video signals from

analog cameras, compress the signal and store it on its hard drives.

• HDD: Acronym for Hard Disk Drive. A storage medium which stores digitally encoded data on platters

with magnetic surfaces.

• DHCP: Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) is a network application protocol used by devices

(DHCP clients) to obtain configuration information for operation in an Internet Protocol network.

• HTTP: Acronym for Hypertext Transfer Protocol. A protocol to transfer hypertext request and

information between servers and browsers over a network

• DHCP: PPPoE, Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet, is a network protocol for encapsulating

Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP) frames inside Ethernet frames. It is used mainly with ADSL services

where individual users connect to the ADSL transceiver (modem) over Ethernet and in plain Metro

Ethernet networks.

• DDNS: Dynamic DNS is a method, protocol, or network service that provides the capability for a

networked device, such as a router or computer system using the Internet Protocol Suite, to notify a

domain name server to change, in real time (ad-hoc) the active DNS configuration of its configured

hostnames, addresses or other information stored in DNS.

• NTP: Acronym for Network Time Protocol. A protocol designed to synchronize the clocks of computers

over a network.

• NTSC: Acronym for National Television System Committee. NTSC is an analog television standard

used in such countries as the United States and Japan. Each frame of an

NTSC signal contains 525 scan lines at 60Hz.

• NVR: Acronym for Network Video Recorder. An NVR can be a PC-based or embedded system used for

centralized management and storage for IP cameras, IP Domes and other DVRs.

• PAL: Acronym for Phase Alternating Line. PAL is also another video standard used in broadcast

televisions systems in large parts of the world. PAL signal contains 625 scan lines at 50Hz.

• PTZ: Acronym for Pan, Tilt, Zoom. PTZ cameras are motor driven systems that allow the camera to pan

left and right, tilt up and down and zoom in and out.

• USB: Acronym for Universal Serial Bus. USB is a plug-and-play serial bus standard to interface devices

to a host computer.

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FAQ

• Why does my DVR make a beeping sound after booting?

There are a few reasons for the warning beep your DVR makes after booting.

1. There is no HDD present in the DVR.

2. The HDD has not been initialized.

3. The HDD is defective.

If you wish to use your DVR without any HDDs, you may disable this warning beep in the Exception Settings menu

(See Setting Exception).

• Why does the DVR seem unresponsive when operating with the IR remote control?

If your DVR seem unresponsive when using the IR remote and you have read through the section Using the IR

Remote Control, please check:

1. Check that the batteries are installed correctly in the remote, making sure that the polarities of the batteries are

not reversed.

2. Make sure the batteries are fresh and are not out of power.

3. Make sure the remote has not been tampered with.

4. Check around and make sure there are no fluorescent lamps in use.

• Why does the PTZ seem unresponsive?

If the PTZ seem unresponsive, please check:

1. Check that the RS-485 cable is properly connected.

2. Check that the dome decoder type is correct.

3. Check that the dome decoder speed configuration is correct.

4. Check that the dome decoder address bit configuration is correct.

5. Check to make sure that the main board RS-485 interface is not broken.

• Why is there no video recorded after setting the motion detection?

If there are no recorded video after setting the motion detection, please check:

1. Check that the recording schedule is setup correctly by following the steps listed in Scheduling a Recording.

2. Check that the motion detection area is configured correctly (See Setting Up Motion Detection).

3. Make sure that channels are being triggered for motion detection (See Setting Up Motion Detection).

• Why doesn’t the DVR detect my USB export device for exporting recorded files? There‟s a chance that the DVR and your USB device is not compatible. Please refer to our company‟s website to

view a list of compatible devices.